Konica Minolta Launches Fastest Toner-Based Production Printer to Date

On October 23rd, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. today previewed its new AccurioPress C14000 series, high-speed digital toner color production printers.

The 140-ppm AccurioPress C14000 and 120-ppm AccurioPress C12000. The firms says the new models demonstrate Konica Minolta’s mission to “support the transformation of its clients, creating solutions together that expand and streamline their businesses through advanced automation, fewer human touch points and higher productivity with tangible effect leading to increased, high-quality output with less waste.”

Kevin Kern, senior vice president of business Intelligence Services and Product Planning at Konica Minolta. “This is an extremely important global initiative for Konica Minolta, especially significant because we are expanding our range of offerings to include the high-end production print area. We are providing this segment with a really high-quality, high-speed press that offers better total productivity. The difference between traditional offset and what we can do with toner is astonishing, and we have worked very hard to get here.”

Konica Minolta says the AccurioPress C14000 series’ unique features make these products ideal for customers looking to increase productivity through efficiencies and speed to grow their business. With resolution equivalent to 3,600 x 2,400 dpi and enhanced media capability up to 450 gsm, the firm says these new products “offer breathtaking speeds with outstanding image quality and unparalleled media flexibility.”

New duplex banner printing up to 35” (available post-launch in 2020) and simplex banner length capability of 51”, combined with envelope and embossed media printing enables customers to provide new types of work, such as four-panel gate-fold brochures and book covers for finishing offline.

Envelope printing can be also be performed using the standard fuser. Finally, new technology used in the print engine dramatically improves image quality on textured paper stocks.

Operational Efficiency

Paired with Konica Minolta’s enhanced IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer, the new presses automatically and continuously measure and correct color so the first print in a run matches the last. Two-dimensional registration correction has also been improved through the higher output resolution.

The automatic media-detection sensor comes standard on these models, detecting the stock and assigning the appropriate paper tray, eliminating making time-consuming paper settings and operator error, reducing waste and increasing productivity.

New accessories for the units include the TU-510 Versatile Trimmer Unit, an inline, four-edge trimmer and creaser that allows full-bleed finishing support for banners, booklets, and direct mail, and a dedicated business card cutting option.

Additionally, the LS-507 Large Stacker supports higher speed, permits banner bypass and offers operators the advantage of offloading while the system is still running, another new benefit added to Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress expanded line.

Color-printing management and printjob management utilities are available with Konica Minolta’s proprietary controller. A customizable operation screen makes the products easy to operate. Other third-party controller options include the latest EFI Fiery and Creo models.

Stability, High Durability and Reduced Downtime Improve TCO

Konica Minolta’s IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Optimizer’s enhanced auto inspection options offer expanded inspection performance, verifying print quality, and now detecting streaks and spots as well as blemishes. The high-quality prints mean maximum stability even during long-run jobs, while better registration and quality increases total usable print volume.

The new presses offer a highly reliable duty cycle of 2.5 million, up from 1.8 million with the AccurioPress C6100, with double the toner capacity of earlier models.

“The IQ-501 is a differentiator for us,” added Kern. “The ability not only to maintain extremely high color consistency, but to identify image defects can improve productivity, profitability, turnaround time and customer satisfaction for printers in today’s competitive, ever-evolving market for print.”

These new additions to Konica Minolta’s toner-based production lineup, along  with its AccurioJet KM-1 B2 sheetfed inkjet press, WEBJet 200/100D – a web-fed digital inkjet press, AccurioLabel 230 label press and range of MGI digital embellishment products are said to allow Konica Minolta to offer printers of all types innovative solutions to broaden their customer base and capture more high-value print opportunities.

Visit Konica Minolta  here for more information and complete specifications on the AccurioPress C14000 and C12000, and see the  video below for Konica Minolta’s introduction of the new models at this week’s PRINTING United conference.

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